Marvel’s back in the game this week with the stand-alone sequel Thor: The Dark World, Chris Hemsworth’s first full adventure in a post-Avengers world.
Just because it’s a superhero movie, though, doesn’t mean that it’s suitable for all ages. (I think parents learned that lesson from the hard-hitting and darker-than-expected Man of Steel earlier this summer!) We’re continuing to experiment with something new in the When Can I Watch column, and that’s video. I’ve recorded Green Light and Red Flag discussions below. I’ve also bullet-pointed the highlights. Give a listen, and shoot me any questions on my Twitter feed, @Sean_OConnell, anytime.
Green Lights and Reg Flags
The Green Lights:
- Thor: The Dark World delivers on superhero action.
- We don’t have a sequence as thrilling as The Avengers, but we do get to travel to the Nine Realms, to enjoy Game of Thrones-inspired battle sequences. Superhero fans will thrill at combat in London, Asgard and beyond.
- Loki continues to steal scenes, and the dynamic between Thor and his half-brother is one of the finest (and funniest) elements of The Dark World.
The Red Flags:
- Malekith and his right-hand man Kurse can be intense for younger audiences.
- Key characters die. Some of them come back, but others do not.
- The storyline can be confusing, even by comic book standards. My nine-year-old admitted that he didn’t understand most of what was going on in The Dark World, and that might be a problem for families bringing their kids to the theater this weekend.
There wasn’t anything that I objected to wholeheartedly in Thor: The Dark World. There were a few language issues, and the Kurse character bothered my son slightly as he was rampaging through Asgard.
But I think that any kid over the age of nine can handle the action in The Dark World, particularly if they’re been “raised” on the Marvel movies over the past few years. Marvel knows that it has to make these movie palatable to all ages if it wants to keep breaking the bank. I don’t see The Dark World breaking the studio’s streak… and that’s good news.
If you’d like to read previous entries in the "When Can I Watch That With My Kids?" series, click right here. Some of the films covered: Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Hugo, The Princess Bride, The Monster Squad and Elf, to name just a few.